Decolonization Seminar

The International Seminars on Decolonization, which are sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They bring together young historians from the United States and abroad to Washington, DC to study and discuss the history of decolonization in the 20th-century. The seminar takes place in July-August each year, with applications due in November of the previous year.

February 3rd, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Decolonization Seminar Participants!

The National History Center is pleased to announce the 16 individuals who will be joining the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization this summer in Washington, DC! Amber Abbas, St Joseph’s University, Indian Students and Decolonization: American Interests, the Cold War and the Prospects of Radicalism Jeffrey Byrne, University of British Columbia, A World Too Fast […]

October 6th, 2013

Be among the first 1000 members of H-Decol!

The National History Center is pleased to announce that a new H-Net list devoted to decolonization, H-Decol, has launched, and has already reached the 500-subscriber mark! Thanks to the herculean efforts of International Seminar on Decolonization alumni Paul McGarr of the University of Nottingham and Stefanie Wichhart of Niagara University, the new list is up and […]

October 1st, 2013

Applications now being accepted for Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization; deadline November 1

The National History Center is now accepting applications for the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization, to be held Sunday, July 6, through Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Instructions on how to apply can be found at “How to Apply for the Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization.” The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, […]

July 27th, 2013

July 30: Wm. Roger Louis on Dimensions of Empire: The Oxford University Press

In Conjunction with the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization, A public lecture by  Seminar Director Wm. Roger Louis of the University of Texas at Austin: “Dimensions of Empire: The Oxford University Press”  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Room LJ119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress Wm. Roger Louis is completing work on Volume 3 […]

July 18th, 2013

July 23: Kenneth Pomeranz: “Resisting Imperialism, Resisting Decolonization: Making ‘China’ from the Ruins of the Qing, 1912-1949″

In Conjunction with the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization, A public lecture by Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago: “Resisting Imperialism, Resisting Decolonization: Making ‘China’ from the Ruins of the Qing, 1912-1949″ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Room LJ119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress When a republic replaced China’s Qing dynasty in […]

July 15th, 2013

July 16: Elizabeth Borgwardt on Decolonization, Human Rights, and the Birth of the U.N.

In Conjunction with the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization, A public lecture by  Elizabeth Borgwardt of Washington University in St. Louis: “Present at the Creation?” Human Rights, NGOs, and the Trusteeship Debate at the 1945 UN San Francisco Conference Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Room LJ119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress This talk is […]

June 4th, 2013

Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization to Convene July 7, 2013

The  National History Center’s Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization convened  July 7, 2013, bringing a new cohort of scholars  at the beginning of their careers to Washington, DC for four weeks of research, discussion, and writing on this emerging topic. Hosted by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the seminar is generously […]

May 13th, 2013

Lecturers for International Seminar on Decolonization Set

The National History Center of the American Historical Association has announced the lecturers who will speak in conjunction with the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization, July 8 through August 2, 2013. Elizabeth Borgwardt, associate professor of history and law at Washington University in St. Louis, will give the first public lecture, scheduled for 4 p.m. […]

March 2nd, 2013

March 11: Robert Townsend on the End of the Historical Enterprise

History today often seems deeply divided, as public historians and educators complain about the disengagement of academics and college and university professors pursue increasingly esoteric subjects of research. Robert Townsend spoke on the findings of his recent book, History’s Babel, which looks back to the early decades of the historical enterprise to show how efforts to […]

January 17th, 2013

2013 Decolonization Seminar Participants

The National History Center is pleased to announce the following recently selected participants for our 8th Annual Decolonization Seminar. John Aerni-Flessner, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY Marc Andre, Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France Isabel de Souza Lima Junqueira Barreto, University Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ellen Boucher, Amherst College, Amherst, MA Nicole Bourbonnais, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, […]